FSOT!

Hello everyone! Sorry for the long absence. I’ve been working on a personal project and this blog has, unfortunately, temporarily fallen by the wayside.

Some time ago, I took the FSOT (Foreign Service Officer Test – basically it’s the test you take to become a US diplomat) and thought that there was a dearth of (good) available material for studying. Since I didn’t find anything satisfactory outside of just browsing Wikipedia, I decided to write my own app. As most of you know, I’ve been teaching myself programming for a while now. Well, it’s finally culminated in this: FSOT!

Furthermore, I’ve also just started a new company, called TestPrevu. (There’s not much happening at that page right now, but hopefully that’ll change very soon.)

If you are currently preparing for this test and would like to have the ability to study and test, as well as knowing where you stand in comparison to other FSOT-testers, please have a look! No purchases required, promise!

I’m just starting out with this, so any comments or suggestions for improvements would be highly welcomed.

And, lest I forget, if you’ve already passed the FSOT in the past but currently know someone who’s preparing for it now, please let them know about this. You’ll have my thanks.

* Sorry. Only Android devices for now. 😦 I’ll look into developing for iOS if I magically get more requests for that.

HSK 2 1.0 (Android)

To download, please see the download page.

As it’s currently only 15 days into the new (Julian) year and just a mere 16 days away from the Chinese New Year – a.k.a. the Lunar New Year – I figure it’s a great time to introduce the second installment of my Mandarin app series! 😀

For the HSK level 2, there are 286 words available (comprised of 207 unique characters). For more information about how I approach the HSK in general, see my first post about it.

Go check it out! I’d love to hear your comments on this! 🙂

To download, please see the download page. I hope you enjoy it!

HSK 1 3.1 (Android)

To download, please see the download page.
For the previous version, see HSK 1 3.0.

This app has been put on the back burner for some time now. Today, it’s finally getting a much needed update:
1. There were some inconsistencies between some traditional and simplified characters. These differences have now been resolved.
2. Various bugs were also fixed.

For the previous version, see HSK 1 3.0.
To download, please see the download page. I hope you enjoy it!

HSK 1 3.0 (Android)

To download, please see the download page.
For the next version, see HSK 1 3.1.
For the previous version, see HSK 1 2.0.

This update has been in the works for awhile now, but I’ve only had a chance to finalize and upload it today. There are some significant upgrades in this version:
1. “How to Use” has been reorganized for easier reading.
2. Characters are now available in both traditional and simplified styles.
3. Quiz questions now have an extra “info” option.
4. Quizzes now save themselves as you go through questions.
5. Added a way to reset and start a new quiz.
6. Sizing differences have been resolved. All devices should now have a relatively similar user interface.
7. Various bugs were fixed.

For the previous version, see HSK 1 2.0.
For the next version, see HSK 1 3.1.
To download, please see the download page. I hope you enjoy it!

HSK 1 2.0 (Android)

To download, please see the download page.
For the next version, see HSK 1 2.0.
For the previous version, see HSK 1 1.0.

This app has been greatly improved over the past few weeks:
1. All pinyin pronunciations are now included. You can listen to them as you flip through different words.
2. There is now the ability to quiz yourself. There are two quiz options: definitions and pinyin.
3. Various bugs were fixed.

For the previous version, see HSK 1 1.0.
For the next version, see HSK 1 2.0.
To download, please see the download page. I hope you enjoy it!